PITTSFIELD -- A Cheshire man who tried to rob a city package store with a liquor bottle last summer pleaded guilty to the crime in Berkshire Superior Court earlier this week and was sentenced to four years in jail.
Jason L. Daigneault, 25, admitted that on July 6 he walked into West Street Wine & Spirits, swung a rum bottle at the store owner's head, and tried to make off with the cash register.
Daigneault dropped the cash register and smashed through a plate-glass door while making his escape.
He was later arrested at his home on Second Avenue, according to Assistant Berk shire District Attorney Gregory Barry.
Daigneault also pleaded to an earlier crime in which he smashed a window at Aaron's Sales and Lease, located on South Street in Pittsfield, on July 1 and made off with a 40-inch television, which he then traded for drugs.
He told police he was an addict and committed the crimes to pay for drugs. In all, Daigneault pleaded guilty to six charges, including armed assault with the intent to rob, breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
On Wednesday, Daigneault was sentenced by Judge John A. Agostini in line with a plea agreement between the DA's office and defense attorney Marc C. Vincelette.
Daigneault received a total of four years at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction, followed by a year of probation in which he must remain drug- and
The investigations were conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.